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First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level

First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level

The 2014 Minor League baseball season begins today. John Dreker has a schedule of the Opening Day starters in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization, with Nick Kingham being the highlight in Altoona. We will be releasing our previews of each level in the morning, and starting the nightly Prospect Watch after all of the day's games are over. To prepare for the season, let's take a look at two breakout candidates from each level.
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It's hard to call a guy in Triple-A a "breakout candidate". Most guys in Triple-A have already broken out as prospects, and if they haven't, they probably never will. There are different directions I could go with this. I could mention the two players who could help the Pirates the most this summer. Those would be pretty obvious (although the pitcher choice might be interesting with the uncertainty surrounding Jameson Taillon). But to keep with the "sleeper" theme of this article, I'll look at two guys who could surprise with a chance at the majors ...

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